POLITICO Playbook: 50 days till the speaker election


NANCY PELOSI has 50 MORE DAYS till the Home votes for speaker, and he or she is feverishly working her caucus for assist throughout this whirlwind orientation week in Washington. The Jan. three ground vote ensures a protracted few weeks of inner wrangling.

JOHN BRESNAHAN, RACHAEL BADE and KYLE CHENEY with the main points: “Nancy Pelosi’s wooing of the incoming Democratic freshmen is in full power, with non-public conferences, deployment of Democratic bigwigs and lavish dinners with members-elect and their spouses.

“Looking for to return to the speaker’s chair now that Democrats have gained again the bulk, Pelosi has launched a allure offensive for the incoming class of lawmakers in a bid to win its assist, though quite a lot of them promised to vote in opposition to her after they had been on the marketing campaign path.

“Pelosi secretly confirmed up on the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ freshman orientation session on Monday to attempt to ingratiate herself with about 20 members-elect in attendance. There, Pelosi performed up her position creating the caucus as an unique founding member of the group and touted her background working as a progressive neighborhood organizer in California.” POLITICO

WHAT TO WATCH IN THE SPEAKER’S RACE — TODAY members elect will get their first style of the inner workings of Home Democratic politics. At a Democratic Caucus assembly, the incoming freshman can be launched to their colleagues, placing them onstage with Pelosi.

PELOSI will even attend a CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS assembly and host a non-public dinner for members-elect and their spouses Wednesday evening in Statuary Corridor.

— A LITTLE HELP FROM HER FRIENDS … GOVS. ANDREW CUOMO of New York and TOM WOLF of Pennsylvania have been calling members-elect on behalf of Pelosi. As have former Vice President AL GORE and former Secretary of State JOHN KERRY, in line with Democratic aides.

SPOTTED at a cocktail reception within the Rayburn Room: SPEAKER PAUL RYAN introducing himself to ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ at a brand new member reception within the Rayburn Room, simply steps from the Home ground. “Hey, I do know you,” Ryan stated with a smile on his face. “I’m Paul.” They chatted briefly in a big group of individuals … KYRSTEN SINEMA, who simply gained her Senate race, received applause and many hugs on the Home ground. … REP. PETER ROSKAM (R-ILL.) and TEXAS REP. JOHN CULBERSON — each defeated this 12 months — had been chatting alone on the Home ground.

THE STEP BACK — ELANA SCHOR: “Left treads fastidiously as Dems style energy”

HOUSE REPUBLICANS may have their management elections at the moment at 1 p.m. in 1100 Longworth. KEVIN MCCARTHY is anticipated to trounce JIM JORDAN for the minority chief job, and that’s nearly the one marquee race. STEVE SCALISE of Louisiana is operating for whip unopposed. LIZ CHENEY of Wyoming will be part of management as GOP convention chair. TOM EMMER of Minnesota would be the subsequent NRCC chairman.

… BUT, BUT, BUT … KYLE CHENEY, JOHN BRESNAHAN and RACHAEL BADE: “Trump quietly meddles in McCarthy-Jordan management brawl”: “On the eve of Kevin McCarthy’s long-awaited defeat of his nemesis, Rep. Jim Jordan, President Donald Trump is leaping into the fray to play peacemaker.

“Trump has privately urged the Home majority chief to strike a deal with the conservative Freedom Caucus founder, who’s difficult McCarthy for the minority chief publish subsequent Congress, a number of lawmakers and aides stated. It stays unclear what precisely the deal would entail.

“The discussions between the president and McCarthy about Jordan, which passed off final week, set off a spherical of hypothesis amongst lawmakers contained in the Capitol that Trump might attempt to push Jordan to turn out to be the highest Republican lawmaker on the Home Judiciary Committee, a panel anticipated to launch an array of Democratic investigations in opposition to the president — and presumably even an impeachment probe.” POLITICO

— THE FREEDOM CAUCUS is all however lifeless at this level, and McCarthy goes to simply put away Jordan on this management race. However they’re now viewing how McCarthy treats Jordan as a litmus take a look at. The president has put McCarthy in fairly a place by asking him to chop a cope with Jordan, and place him on the prime of Judiciary. Insiders thought Jordan would’ve been nice at Oversight and Authorities Reform, the place Jordan was subsequent in line. Jordan has to leap Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) and Steve King (R-Iowa) to get to the highest of Judiciary — not an enormous elevate.

BUT KEEP IN MIND that McCarthy doing something to assist the Freedom Caucus at this level is an inner wrestle for the California Republican. There’s a domino impact by placing Jordan at Judiciary: it appears very possible that MARK MEADOWS (R-N.C.) will make a run for his celebration’s prime slot at Oversight and Authorities Reform.

THIS WOULD PUT Jordan and Meadows — two Freedom Caucus guys who’ve tormented the Republican management — on the prime of the 2 most important investigative committees.

CALIFORNIA REP. JEFF DENHAM, an in depth McCarthy ally, misplaced his Central Valley seat to Democrat Josh More durable yesterday. The California GOP delegation has been completely decimated.

Completely happy Wednesday. SPOTTED: SEN. TED CRUZ (R-Texas) and REP. BETO O’ROURKE (D-Texas) arriving at DCA on the identical United flight from Houston. Pic

WHITE HOUSE PALACE INTRIGUE STORIES ARE BACK … WAPO’S JOSH DAWSEY and PHIL RUCKER: “5 days of fury: Inside Trump’s Paris mood, election woes and workers upheaval”: “Trump was advised [Saturday] morning by Deputy White Home Chief of Workers Zachary D. Fuentes that the Secret Service had issues about flying Marine One by means of the rain and fog from Paris to the cemetery 50 miles away, and {that a} motorcade might be prolonged and snarl visitors within the space … Trump [later] advised aides he thought he regarded ‘horrible’ and blamed his chief of workers’s workplace, and Fuentes specifically, for not counseling him that skipping the cemetery go to could be a public-relations nightmare.” WaPo

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— “Workers anger spills over at White Home: A drumbeat of exits is mixing with Trump’s anger after the midterms and a much-criticized journey to Europe,” by Chris Cadelago and Nancy Prepare dinner.

THE MELANIA-MIRA FEUD — NYT’s Maggie Haberman, Helene Cooper and Ron Nixon: “Mrs. Trump’s issues with Ms. Ricardel appear so far to the primary woman’s journey to Africa in October, in line with individuals with direct data of the scenario. Ms. Ricardel had introduced the journey earlier than it was absolutely deliberate, in line with one of many individuals, after which threatened to drag sources for it after studying that she didn’t have a seat on Mrs. Trump’s airplane.

“After the journey ended, Ms. Ricardel made accusations of inappropriate habits by Mrs. Trump’s most trusted workers members, together with Lindsay Reynolds, the primary woman’s chief of workers — claims that an individual near the primary woman stated had been false.

“Mrs. Trump then complained to John F. Kelly, the White Home chief of workers, about Ms. Ricardel, and Mr. Kelly raised the difficulty with Mr. Bolton, two White Home officers stated. Mr. Kelly is theoretically Mr. Bolton’s boss, however the nationwide safety adviser has thus far refused to take away Ms. Ricardel, who was noticed in her workplace late Tuesday afternoon.” NYT

— CAITLIN OPRYSKO and DANIEL LIPPMAN: “Ricardel, together with Bolton … has ‘a really closed model. It’s actually closed-door versus open-door,’ because it was below former nationwide safety adviser H.R. McMaster, stated an individual accustomed to the matter. The NSC’s environment presently is ‘way more close-hold, way more skeptical of the workers who works for them in some methods,’ the individual stated.

“Requested whether or not NSC staffers appreciated working for Bolton and Ricardel, the supply stated: ‘I don’t suppose there’s a variety of heat and fuzzy stuff happening. … There’s no ice-cream socials and there’s not hanging across the massive desk within the nationwide safety adviser’s workplace on the finish of the day taking pictures the breeze. … It’s not as satisfying each day.’” POLITICO

THE NEXT CHIEF … “Prime Pence aide resurfaces as main candidate to switch Kelly,” by Chris Cadelago, Andrew Restuccia and Ben Schreckinger: “Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of workers Nick Ayers has reemerged as a number one candidate to succeed White Home chief of workers John Kelly, in line with a number of White Home officers and others near the presidential orbit.

“An appointment would proceed the speedy rise of the younger aide, 36, and set up a chief who enjoys heat relations with a number of the most necessary figures in President Donald Trump’s orbit: his eldest son, Don Jr., his eldest daughter, Ivanka, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

“Ayers additionally enjoys assist among the many motley crew of outdoor advisers — together with former marketing campaign supervisor Corey Lewandowski — who’ve Trump’s ear however have clashed with Kelly as the previous Marine normal sought to control entry to the president. … In current months, Ayers has traveled with Trump no less than twice with out Pence current, in line with a senior White Home official. A kind of journeys was an October swing to Florida and Ayers’ native Georgia to survey hurricane injury.” POLITICO

REPLACING KIRSTJEN — “Trump considers tough-talking former ICE director for DHS chief,” by Gabby Orr and Ted Hesson: “President Donald Trump is contemplating Thomas Homan, former appearing director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, to succeed Homeland Safety Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, three individuals accustomed to the method advised POLITICO. …

“Tapping Homan to run the Division of Homeland Safety would nearly actually energize Trump’s base. … An individual near Nielsen stated she expects to be within the job for the subsequent month or two given the toughness of discovering a alternative and confirming that individual and ongoing points that DHS is going through, such because the California wildfires and a caravan of Central American migrants. …

“Along with Homan, different potential Nielsen replacements embrace Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Safety, and David Pekoske, administrator of the Transportation Safety Administration. … The president can also be contemplating Maj. Gen. Vincent Coglianese, who presently runs the Marine Corps Installations Command, in line with two individuals accustomed to the method. One in all Coglianese’s sons serves as editorial director on the Day by day Caller.” POLITICO

WHITAKER WATCH — “How Trump’s transfer to place a loyalist over Mueller is already backfiring,” by Eliana Johnson and Darren Samuelsohn: “The appointment has drawn bipartisan criticism and led to questions on Whitaker’s {qualifications} and whether or not he would restrict the investigation or bury its findings. The state of Maryland on Tuesday filed the primary authorized problem looking for to overturn Whitaker’s appointment, whereas on Capitol Hill newly empowered Home Democrats are already planning to have the appearing legal professional normal seem as one in all their first witnesses when the subsequent Congress launches in January.

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“The uproar over the appointment, which successfully removes Deputy Legal professional Normal Rod Rosenstein as Mueller’s major supervisor, has put Whitaker in a troublesome spot, trapped between setting off a political firestorm by clipping Mueller’s wings and angering a president intent on having him do exactly that.” POLITICO

— “Whitaker deserted taxpayer-funded challenge in Iowa in 2016,” by AP’s Ryan Foley and David Pitt in Des Moines: “Whereas in non-public enterprise, appearing Legal professional Normal Matthew Whitaker walked away from a taxpayer-subsidized apartment-rehabilitation challenge in Iowa after years of value overruns, delays and different issues, public information present.

“The town of Des Moines finally yanked an reasonably priced housing mortgage that Whitaker’s firm had been awarded, and one other lender started foreclosures proceedings after Whitaker defaulted on a separate mortgage for practically $700,000. A number of contractors complained they weren’t paid, and a course of server for one couldn’t even discover Whitaker or his firm to serve him with a lawsuit.” AP


MICHAEL GRUNWALD in POLITICO Journal: “How Broward County Turned the Florida of Florida: The recount, and the recount, and the Parkland taking pictures, and Roger Stone all reside in essentially the most scandal-happy place on Earth.”

— “Florida recount offers Bondi a brand new shot at Trump’s internal circle,” by Annie Karni and Marc Caputo: “Florida’s legal professional normal, Pam Bondi, doesn’t oversee the recounts within the Senate and governor’s races which are underway within the state. However for the reason that midterms, she has been serving as one in all President Donald Trump’s level individuals on the bottom there, remaining in frequent contact with the president and giving him private updates, in line with a senior White Home official and Florida officers. … Bondi, who can also be shut with Fox Information host Sean Hannity, has been such a frequent visitor on the president’s go-to community that she even co-hosted ‘The 5’ present in August for 3 days whereas serving as state legal professional normal.” POLITICO


— BEHIND THE SCENES … PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP was briefed yesterday concerning the Senate’s prison-reform deal, and is leaning towards supporting it. Shahira Knight — the White Home leg affairs chief — advised the Home Republican management about Trump’s place throughout a gathering Tuesday afternoon.

— STEVE SCALISE’s new guide — “Again within the Recreation” — is out, and the Louisiana Republican has a month-long guide tour underway: In the present day: Hugh Hewitt radio present and Fox Information’ “The Ingraham Angle” … Thursday: Fox’s “The Story” with Martha MacCallum … Nov. 27: Sirius XM Patriot Townhall. … Dec. 9: Fox’s Life, Liberty and Levin. Ebook signings: Saturday in Hammond, La., Sunday in Baton Rouge, Nov. 19 in The Villages, Fla., Nov. 20 in Tampa, Dec. 15 in Metairie, La. Purchase the hardcover for $17.70 on Amazon

— AWARD NEWS … HAPPENING TONIGHT … JAMIE DUPREE will get the Radio and TV Congressional Correspondent profession achievement award for distinguished protection of Congress. NBC Information’ Capitol Hill bureau will get the Joan Shorenstein Barone award for “excellence in Washington-based Congressional or political reporting.” The award goes to Kasie Hunt, Leigh Ann Caldwell, Marianna Sotomayor, Alex Moe, Frank Thorp, Garrett Haake and Wealthy Gardella for his or her protection of sexual harassment. The David Bloom award goes to BBC’s Quentin Sommerville and Darren Conway. Garney Gary of C-Span will get the Jerry Thompson award. The dinner is tonight at The Anthem.

TRUMP’S WEDNESDAY — The president may have lunch with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

YOU’RE INVITED: ANNA and JAKE are sitting down tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. for a “PLAYBOOK ELECTIONS: WHAT’S NEXT?” occasion, a part of the POLITICO-AARP Deciders collection. NADEAM ELSHAMI, former chief of workers for Home Minority Chief Nancy Pelosi, now coverage director at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck; JOSH HOLMES, former chief of workers to Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell, now president and founding associate of Cavalry LLC; and GREG STRIMPLE, president of GS Technique Group, can be there to debate. RSVP

2020 WATCH …

— ALEX THOMPSON: “Julián Castro huddles with donors to organize 2020 bid”: “Julián Castro convened a gaggle of supporters in San Antonio Monday in preparation for a 2020 presidential marketing campaign, sources accustomed to the gathering advised POLITICO.

“Castro and his twin brother, Rep. Joaquin Castro, introduced collectively about 20 of their loyal donors and bundlers in San Antonio to start to sketch out a nationwide bid, in line with one individual current and one other with direct data of the assembly. The session lasted a number of hours and invited the potential donors to ask questions on a possible presidential marketing campaign.” POLITICO

— AP’S STEVE PEOPLES: “Bloomberg charts aggressive timeline on 2020 bid”: “Having spent a fortune to assist elect Democrats this fall, former New York Metropolis Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared lifetime allegiance to the Democratic Social gathering on Tuesday and outlined an aggressive timeline for deciding whether or not to run for president.

“‘I believe January, February could be about as late as you are able to do it and as early as you possibly can collect sufficient data,’ Bloomberg advised The Related Press in an interview. … ‘Thanksgiving, Christmas after which possibly a number of weeks into January — that’s once you actually gotta sit down, discuss to your advisers and say, ‘Look, do I’ve an opportunity?’

“‘I believe I do know why I might need to run. I believe I do know what I believe this nation ought to do and what I might do. However I simply don’t know whether or not it’s doable,’ Bloomberg advised the AP. He added, ‘If individuals don’t appear to be warming to you, there’s loads of different ways in which I could make a distinction in life and say thanks to this nation for what it’s given my children and me.’” AP

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CNN VS. THE WHITE HOUSE — “‘The federal government’s story retains altering’: CNN seen as prone to prevail in White Home combat,” by Jason Schwartz: “President Donald Trump and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders typically have the higher hand over CNN within the White Home briefing room. However CNN has possible now claimed the benefit by shifting the battle to the courtroom.

“First Modification legal professionals say courts have a historical past of defending entry for journalists, and the White Home’s shifting justifications gained’t assist it within the coming authorized combat over the choice to revoke correspondent Jim Acosta’s press cross final week. CNN and Acosta filed a lawsuit Tuesday looking for to have his credentials restored, and a decide has scheduled the primary listening to for Wednesday afternoon.

“‘It’s a severe declare,’ stated Floyd Abrams, the famend First Modification lawyer who represented The New York Instances within the Pentagon Papers case. ‘I can’t consider something that’s prone to result in a victory for the White Home.’” POLITICO

WHAT LANGLEY IS READING — “CIA thought of potential fact serum for terror suspects,” by AP’s Deb Riechmann: “Shortly after 9/11, the CIA thought of utilizing a drug it thought would possibly work like a fact serum and power terror suspects to surrender details about potential assaults. After months of analysis, the company determined {that a} drug known as Versed, a sedative typically prescribed to cut back anxiousness, was ‘presumably value a strive.’

“However in the long run, the CIA determined to not ask authorities legal professionals to approve its use. The existence of the drug analysis program — dubbed ‘Venture Remedy’ — is disclosed in a once-classified report that was offered to the American Civil Liberties Union below a decide’s order and was launched by the group Tuesday.” AP

ROLLING TO RIYADH … “Trump faucets ex-general for ambassador to Saudi Arabia,” by Nahal Toosi: “Trump’s decide is John Abizaid, a retired four-star normal who oversaw U.S. Central Command, a division that offers with the Center East, in line with a press release issued by the White Home on Tuesday. … It’s not sure why Trump took so lengthy to call somebody to the publish.

“However his son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, has had an in depth relationship with the Saudi crown prince, presumably making the necessity for an official envoy appear much less urgent. Abizaid, a West Level graduate, has Lebanese roots and speaks Arabic. He’s presently a visiting fellow on the Hoover Establishment at Stanford College. He additionally works as a non-public guide.” POLITICO

VALLEY TALK — “How Amazon Picked HQ2 and Jilted 236 Cities: For months, cities vied for Amazon’s second headquarters whereas some executives had been realizing that no single place would fulfill its necessities,” by WSJ’s Laura Stevens and Shayndi Raice.

— “Amazon’s enemies swarm as its D.C. clout swells: Bezos’ presence in Northern Virginia and New York will improve his firm’s sway. However Amazon is more and more drawing assaults from critics and rivals,” by Lorraine Woellert and Steven Overly.

BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Jonathan Landman, managing editor of Bloomberg Opinion, is 66. How he received his begin in journalism: “I stumbled into some freelance work copy-editing textbooks, which changed into a job on Senior Scholastic journal. It was fascinating work and led, after journalism college and some twists and turns, to a summer time internship filling in on the training beat on the Chicago Solar-Instances. The college system promptly went bankrupt, so I used to be all of a sudden a rookie with lots to do.” Playbook Plus Q&A

BIRTHDAYS: Condoleezza Rice is 64 … Valerie Jarrett … Prince Charles is 7-0 … P.J. O’Rourke is 71 … Peter Lattman, managing director of media at Emerson Collective and vice chairman of The Atlantic, is 48 … Ben Rhodes is 41 … photographer Tony Powell … Jacob Freedman, senior director at Albright Stonebridge, is 36 … Liz Jarvis-Shean, head of world public affairs at Airbnb (hat suggestions: Ben Chang) … Charlotte Riggs of the White Home … Breanne Harmsen … Francis J. Kelly, managing director and international coordinator of public affairs at Deutsche Financial institution … William Black … WaPo’s Paige Winfield Cunningham … John Lockett … GWU political scientist Sarah Binder … John Jameson … Sally Sterling … Politico’s Lauren Lanza and John Lockett … Joshua Friedlander of the Brunswick Group … Rep.-elect Greg Pence (R-Ind.) is 62 … Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) is 6-0 …

… Rachel Noerdlinger, managing director at Mercury … Liz Morrison, VP of No Labels (h/t Nancy Jacobson) … Taylor Griffin, press secretary for Chief Pelosi (h/t Shana Mansbach) … Randolph Courtroom of the Data Expertise and Innovation Basis (h/t the ITIF group) … Julie Hanus … Sarah Holbrooke … Invoice Larson … Vanessa VandeHey … Kate Coyne McCoy … Ed Reno … Ashley Yehl … Brianna Manzelli … Lana Fern … Madeleine Weast, press secretary for Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) (h/t Sophie White) … Tommy Schultz … Julia Renée Nonis … Rob Gulans … Tricia Miller Klapheke … Airbnb’s Josh Meltzer … Michael Collier … Mark Gyorfy … Daniel Alders.


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